Mortar fire kills 2, injure 14 Iraqi soldiers at Baghdad post
BAGHDAD — 2 Iraqi soldiers were killed Tuesday in an overnight mortar attack on a security station in a Shiite neighborhood in northern Baghdad, police and hospitals officials said. Another 14 people were injured in the 1 a.m. attack on the joint Iraqi army-police office in the capital's Hurriyah area, the officials said.

3 mortars hit the security station, according to 2 Iraqi police officials, and an army colonel was among the wounded. A hospital official confirmed the casualties. All 3 officials spoke on condition of anonymity as they were not authorized to talk to the media.

No one immediately claimed liability for the attacks. It was the 2nd big attack in Hurriyah in less than a week. Last Friday, a car bomb at the district's Hadi al-Chalabi mosque killed 8 people and wounded 19. The bombing was part of what appeared to be a coordinated strike on Shiite worshippers across Baghdad.

In all, 72 people were killed and hundreds more wounded in the Friday bombings that also targeted Sunni police officials in the country's western Anbar province. And Tuesday, unidentified gunmen in a speeding car opened fire on an Iraqi soldier in the northern Iraqi city of Kirkuk, police said.

Kirkuk Police Colonel Ahmed Shameran, identified the victim as Khalil Ibrahim, a 27-year old army lieutenant who was attending Kirkuk University. An unidentified person with Khalil Ibrahim was injured. Kirkuk is about 180 miles north of Baghdad.

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